We take at some of the players who have represented both Stevenage and Rochdale ahead of tonight's Sky Bet League Two clash…
Attacking midfielder Peter Vincenti joined Stevenage in January 2008 and lasted nearly three years at the club. In the 2009/10 season he played twenty-six times in all competitions as Stevenage earned promotion to The Football League. Vincenti soon made history as the club’s first ever goal scorer in The Football League after netting against Macclesfield Town in August 2010. By the end of his Boro spell, Vincenti had scored seven goals across seventy-seven appearances. Before the start of the 2013/14 campaign, Vincenti signed for Tuesday’s opponents Rochdale. He scored thirty-two times in 152 games for the club, also gaining promotion in that time.
Carl Alford made a name for himself at Stevenage after signing in 1998 due to him being one of the most prolific strikers in the club’s history. With nearly sixty goals in 95 total appearances, Alford comes forth in the club’s highest ever goalscoring charts, despite only lasting two years at Stevenage. He started his playing career at Rochdale, but chances were limited due to his young age and departed after making just four appearances.
In 2003, striker Anthony Elding signed for Stevenage and, like Carl Alford, was certainly not short of goals. He made over a hundred appearances for Boro, scoring over fifty in the process, which resulted in him topping the club’s goal scoring chart for two seasons in a row. Elding signed for Rochdale in 2010, playing for just half a season. He scored three goals in seventeen appearances for the Dale.
South African left back, Kgosi Ntlhe joined Stevenage in the 2016 summer transfer window as a reliable option at fullback. Ntlhe made over twenty appearances for Boro during that season before signing for Tuesday’s opponents Rochdale. He played more regularly for the Dale, scoring three goals in nearly fifty appearances.
Finally, goalkeeper Jamie Jones appeared for Rochdale in the second half of the 2014/15 campaign. He played thirteen times in the league that season as they finished eighth in League One, their highest ever league placing. A year later, Jones signed for Stevenage before making over fifty appearances for the club.
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